Articles in Honors

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Awards Grant To Improve STEM Persistence

Five-year, $1.2 million grant will enable Rensselaer to build upon successful peer-based mentoring program


Rensselaer has been awarded a five-year, $1.2 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) as part of an education grant program aimed at improving the persistence of students working toward a degree in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. The grant will enable Rensselaer to build upon and expand a successful… Read More

Rensselaer Graduates 1,613 at 208th Commencement

President advises graduates to embrace the data-driven revolution 
and believe in their ability to change the world


208th Commencement To the 1,613 graduates awarded degrees during the Commencement ceremony May 24, President Shirley Ann Jackson urged courage of their convictions and confidence in their capabilities. “Respect your own grand, but incomplete, ideas­—the ones you find exciting—the ones others find vague because they cannot yet see the future you see,” President Jackson said…. Read More

ROTC Commissioning Is a Family Affair

Cole Yager is administered oath by his father and receives first salute from grandfather

ROTC Commissioning

Commissioning signifies the beginning of a student’s active military service as officers in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force. During the ceremony, each student takes an oath of office in his or her respective branch of service. By taking the oath, each student is making a commitment to serve as an officer. This… Read More

Biochemist and Researcher Xing Wang Joins School of Science

Investigates the bio-nanotechnology potential of DNA and RNA

Xing Wang

Xing Wang, a biochemist investigating the bio-nanotechnology potential of DNA and RNA, has been appointed as an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. 
Wang joins Rensselaer from the University of South Florida, where he served as an assistant professor. DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) and RNA (ribonucleic acid) are familiar to us as… Read More

Nancy Fitzroy ’49 Receives Davies Medal

Mechanical engineering pioneer, first woman president of ASME awarded highest honor given to School of Engineering graduates

Nancy Fitzroy

Celebrated engineering leader and mechanical engineer Nancy DeLoye Fitzroy ’49 received the prestigious Davies Medal for Engineering Achievement from the School of Engineering on May 5. Rensselaer honored Fitzroy, an internationally recognized and honored expert in heat transfer and fluid flow, with a ceremony in the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies auditorium. As part… Read More

Senior Athletes Honored at Banquet

Annual event celebrates graduating students


The Rensselaer 2013-14 senior student-athletes were recognized at the annual banquet held at the Hilton Garden Inn recently. Each student-athlete was presented a senior gift by Vice President for Student Life Tim Sams and Jim Knowlton, director of athletics. One highlight of the event was the awarding of the Rensselaer Alumni Association (RAA) Team of… Read More

Commencement 2014

The Class of 2014 heads out to change the world


On Saturday, May 24, 1,613 students will receive degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the East Campus Athletic Village (ECAV) stadium. They represent the next generation of leaders, engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, patent holders, game designers, architects, and innovators, in fields ranging from engineering to architecture, fine arts to science, game design… Read More

10th Annual GameFest Draws Crowds

Rensselaer team brings home top honors


The 10th annual GameFest drew crowds from campus and the community to the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center to see the latest and greatest in student-designed video games. The annual competition was judged by professional video game developers from Vicarious Visions, a firm co-founded by Rensselaer grad Karthik Bala ’97 and… Read More

Seniors Honored for Service, Leadership, and Scholarship

Annual student awards presented during Zero Year Reunion brunch


During the May 22 Zero Year Reunion brunch, several graduating seniors were honored for their contributions to the Institute. The Willie Stanton Award, presented to the senior(s) judged to have contributed the most in service to the student body, was awarded to Jeffrey Morton, a mechanical engineering major from Delmar, N.Y., and Joel Mowatt, a… Read More

Words of Wisdom for Graduates

Commencement speakers throughout the years provide inspiration, advice

Walter Cronkite

When Ginni Rometty, IBM’s chief executive officer, chairman and president, takes the stage at the 2014 Rensselaer Commencement tomorrow, she will be following in the footsteps of more than 100 Commencement speakers who have gone before her. Whether her remarks touch on IBM’s strong relationship with Rensselaer or offer a peek into the future of her… Read More